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NBA Betting — Clippers Still Hot, Lay Big Number to Bucks

The Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA’s Pacific Division leaders, do not have the slightest bit of interest in finishing third best, or even second. They would love to aim for the top, but they need to look behind them, because if they slip up, the Houston Rockets will be gaining. That is why it is important for them to win games like the one they are playing on Monday night, against the Milwaukee Bucks, who don’t win too much but have been covering the pointspread. NBA betting action at the Staples Center gets underway at 10:35 PM ET.

A check of the standings sees that the Clippers are 49-21, which places them 4.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs, who lead the Western Conference and have been a very hot side. But they are a game and a half ahead of the Rockets. Doc Rivers’ team leads Golden State by 5.5 games in the division, and they have the opportunity, at the very least, to host a first-round playoff series, perhaps against the Warriors.

Milwaukee may not be the worst team in the NBA at this very moment (that “distinction” has to go to the Philadelphia 76ers right now), but they certainly have the worst record, at 13-57 straight-up. But they are 10-5-1 against the basketball pointspread over their last 16 contests.

In the NBA betting lines that have been posted on this game at Bookmaker, the Clippers are the double-digit favorites:

Los Angeles Clippers -16.5
Milwaukee Bucks +16.5

Over 213 points -110
Under 213 points -110

The Clippers had their eleven-game winning streak broken by Denver a week ago, but they came back with a 112-103 win over Detroit to get back on the winning track Saturday night. This team should be fresh, having played only that one game in the last seven days. As much as Milwaukee has, at times, outperformed the expectations of the NBA oddsmakers, they still can’t seem to register straight-up wins; in fact, they have lost seven games in a row. And they were non-competitive in the last one, falling behind by 23 points after the first quarter against Sacramento and limping home a 124-107 loser, which was indeed disappointing as they had been a 7.5-point underdog in the NBA betting odds.

These teams have met once this season, and the Clippers, who were ten-point favorites in the basketball lines at Bookmaker, cruised to a 114-86 victory even though they were playing without Chris Paul at the time. It didn’t matter, as DeAndre Jordan, who is on his way to leading the NBA in both field goal percentage and rebounding, pulled down 18 boards. The last three meetings between the two clubs, going back to last season, have resulted in wins for Los Angeles by margins of 26, 16 and 28 points. In addition, the Clippers who have won 12 of their last 13 at home against Milwaukee, have also played seven straight games under the total as it has been posted in the NBA betting lines. Milwaukee has played “overs” in twelve of its last 15 games. On an extended basis, they have covered 16 of their last 24 games.

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